By Jessi Strong
“I WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE BIBLE FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE. I WAS TAUGHT THAT IT PROVES THE MUSLIM BELIEF THAT JESUS IS NOT GOD,” SAYS NABEEL QURESHI, NOW AN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER FOR RAVI ZACHARIAS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES (RZIM).
Qureshi was raised in a close-knit Pakistani-American family devoted to Islam—so when he became convinced of the truth of the Bible and the claims of the Christian faith, he knew everything would change. “I knew from studying the gospels that I was called to give up everything. Jesus says in Matthew 10, ‘He who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.’ ”
Overrun with gang violence, drug trade, poverty, and religious and political scandals, Guatemala might seem like a challenging context in which to spread the gospel. Yet Nelson Morales, professor of New Testament and Greek at the Theological Seminary of Central America (SETECA), says the most noticeable thing about the Central American country is its openness to spirituality.
What is important in life? Who better to ponder such imponderables than Solomon, widely regarded as the wisest man in the world? Yet when read together, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs offer not an answer but a paradox: the emptiness of the world versus the fullness of love.